Stepping Back in Time – Kerala Style

It was the end of another busy wedding season.  This year I had traveled all over India to Photograph weddings,  and I wanted to finish it off in my favorite place in India, Kerala.

There is nothing like kicking back and watching the world drift by on a house boat on the lush backwaters of Alleppey.  Or indulging in a relaxing Ayurvedic massage. After all Kerala is where this ancient art form got it’s roots!  Ayurveda is one of the oldest health care systems in the world.  No wonder I often feel like I am stepping back in time in Kerala. back to a gentler era. Their is a timeless charm you won’t find anywhere else.

Kerala is also the Culture capitol of India, with the largest festival taking place usually in April, The Thrissur Pooram Festival. An amazing site to behold with at least thirty Caparisoned elephants, decorated with colorful parasols, and a sea of humanity. Elephants are highly regarded in Kerala and often you will see them used in various temples, they are cared for by their Mahoots, it is said that a Mahoot that is called a Reghawan if they use love to control their elephants. I was thrilled to witness and photograph the daily rituals of the mahoots caring for their elephants recently while doing a photo shoot with up and coming model Phijo Philip who lived near an elephant training centre. We followed them to the river for their morning bath.  What a treat!

With pristine back waters, Lush green landscapes, delicious food options, like a traditional Thali served on Banana leaf, Kerala makes for a beautiful location for a destination wedding.  I have been fortunate to photograph a few Weddings in Kerala, they are a usually more subtle than what you might see in North India. But full of rich customs.  Your wedding guests will also love to extend their stay and see all that this beautiful paradise has to offer.

Kerala is the perfect place to get away from it all, and return home from your India Holiday feeling refreshed, and  rejuvenated, and if your like me you can’t wait to go back!  It’s no wonder the call it “Gods own Country”

 

Houseboat, kerala backwaters

Life on the backwaters

Kerala spices

Kerala is famous for it’s Spice Route

Fishing on the backwaters of kerala

Fishing on the backwaters

 

Morning time on the backwaters

Morning Mist on the backwaters

Colorful Face painted dancer in Kerala

Colorful face painting – Kerala Style

Andrew Adams on the backwaters of Kerala

Yours Truly enjoying some downtime

A Mahoot poses with his Elephant in Kerala

A Photo shoot with Model Phijo Philip

Elephants dressed for the Thrissur Pooram festival in Kerala

Thrissur Pooram Festival.

A Village festival in Kerala, India

Festival Season in Kerala

 

Getting back into IST


So my first week back in India is behind me.  I thought this would be a great time start my new Travel Photography Blog. My six month, and sixth trip in India in six years is underway. I guess you can say India is like my second home now. But it still takes some time to get back into the swing of things, Jet Lag, and the body’s clock need time to catch up.

Mumbai is a VERY fast passed city. Very noisy, heavy traffic, and pollution. But there is something I just LOVE about it’s youthful vibe and energy.  I find the people to be very friendly, and always willing to help you when needed. (I will be blogging more about this incredible city Mumbai in the near future.)  However the term IST (Indian Stretchable Time) is something you learn to accept! For example; Being told my new cell phone connection would take two hours to activate, actually took two days.  But on the flip side; it’s incredible what you can get done here, with very little time and money. Brides often come to Mumbai or Delhi to shop for their custom wedding attire, and have beautiful handmade Saree’s, and Lengha’s made up in a few days, just prior to their wedding.

India is truly the most complex, diverse country of extremes! And I LOVE it! Like any Country India has has it’s fair share of problems, but you have to take the good with the bad. Patience and accepting things as they are, having an appreciation for different cultures and new experiences will definitely be an asset while traveling in India.  And I have to add that the incredible experiences I have had in my past six years traveling in India far outweigh any inconveniences.

So after a couple days to rest up from my long journey from Canada I was off to Udaipur for my first wedding, I will be posting the pics on my wedding blog soon! But in the meantime a few shots I took with my new iphone! I am really loving the the freedom and portability! It has put the fun back in photography for me!

Namaskar! and Safe travels!

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Welcome to my new Travel Blog!

I am so exited to finally get this new Travel Photography blog up and running.

Photography and Travel have been my passion for as long as I can recall.

To be given the wonderful opportunity to experience such diverse places, beautiful people,

and rich cultures are what keeps my spirit alive. To combine both of these passions of Travel and Photography

together, and share my Journeys, through my images is a gift I shall for ever cherish!

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.

There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

˜ Jawaharal Nehru ˜